Ear Piercing Aftercare
Expected healing time for an earlobe piercing is 6 weeks. Parents should follow the aftercare instructions provided at the time of their baby’s piercing and remember the following: Always wash your hands before touching your baby’s ears or starter earrings.
Herein, how do you take care of a baby’s ear piercing?
Aftercare and steps for cleaning your baby’s ear piercings
- Apply an antibiotic ointment to the piercing site twice a day using a cotton pad.
- Rotate the earring twice daily.
- Do not remove or change the earring for the first 4–6 weeks.
Additionally, at what age can you pierce a baby’s ears?
You can consult with your pediatrician on whether to pierce your baby’s ears, but many recommend that your baby is at least three months old. Some people pierce their kids’ ears during infancy while others will wait until the child is mature enough to take care of the piercing site.
What is the safest way to get ears pierced?
Any piercing, no matter who administers it, is a risk. Shopping mall kiosks are generally safe places to get your ears pierced, but it’s still a risk. You can schedule an appointment to have your ears pierced by a dermatologist or other healthcare professional.
She claims that pierced ears is equivalent to physical abuse and child cruelty for the fear and pain inflicted. To this day, to pierce or not to pierce a baby’s ears, like many other aesthetic decision, is still firmly a parental prerogative.
Treating New Pierced Ear Infections (during first 6 weeks):
- Don’t take out the earring! Clean the infected area 3 times a day.
- Wash hands with soap and water before touching the ear or earring.
- Use cotton swab (“Q-Tip”) dipped in pierced ear solution (see #3 below).
- Clean exposed earring (both sides).
Ask your doctor to prescribe a topical numbing cream with lidocaine derivatives that can help anesthetize the earlobes. Layer a thick coat of the cream onto the lobes 30 to 60 minutes before the piercing. Experts also say that applying ice 15 to 30 minutes before the piercing might help numb the pain receptors.
Don’t smoke, chew tobacco, or eat spicy foods while your oral piercing is healing. Avoid using cosmetics, lotions, hairspray or other kinds of beauty products around your piercing.